New Practices in Presenting: Artist Development

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

3:30 – 4:45 PM

Location: Nova Scotia Ballroom, Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel

Join this panel of experts that have been working to develop innovative new practices and programs around artist development. Working with artists to develop new work, new markets and audiences is a shared experience – between the artist, their team, the presenter and community. We will look at amazing examples of how this shared responsibility has resulted in new relationships, new work and the further expansion of artists’ careers.


Gillian Reid, Strategic Arts Management (Halifax) - moderator

Christian Barry, 2b theatre company (Halifax)

Chris Lorway, Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto)

Brian McCurdy, Burlington Centre for the Performing Arts (Burlington)


Gillian Reid

Gillian Reid is a registered service provider with Strategic Arts Management (SAM) in Halifax, where she consults with multi-disciplinary touring artists. As Tour Manager for Bboyizm Dance Company, she has built and executed five national tours, including an Atlantic Moves tour that won the Atlantic Presenters Association’s Touring Artist of the Year award at Contact East in 2013. 


Brian McCurdy

Brian McCurdy has overseen the development of new performing arts centers including the Performing Arts Center, University of Lethbridge; Thunder Bay Community Auditorium; Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts, University of California; and the renovation and re-launch of the Grand Theatre in Kingston. He is currently the Executive Director of The Burlington Performing Arts Centre


Christian Barry

Christian Barry is a director and theatre-maker from Halifax, where he is artistic co-director of 2b theatre companyChristian has directed shows that have toured nationally and internationally, including: The God that Comes (Edinburgh Fringe, PuSh, Tarragon Theatre, Pittsburgh International Fest of Firsts, Noorderzon, Aarhus), Homage (MagneticNorth, Luminato), Revisited (WorldStage, Theaterformen, PuSh), and The Russian Play (Canadian Tour).


Chris Lorway

Chris Lorway is the Director of Programming & Marketing at the Corporation of Massey Hall and Roy Thomson Hall. Prior to this, he was the Executive Director of Soundstreams and the founding Artistic Director of the Luminato Festival.  Chris has also worked on a number of major international festivals including the Lincoln Center Festival, The New Yorker Festival and the Celtic Colours International Festival in Nova Scotia. 


Sponsored by:


This session will be webcast live in partnership with Max Digital and Sound Systems Plus.

Watch the live webcast


Return to Conference Schedule